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1) From: John Butler
Hello all,
I have been happily (mostly) roasting coffee in my air popper for a
couple years now, and I think I am ready to move to a new unit. If the
batch size was bigger I think I would be happy. I have not got a palette
well trained enough to taste subtle flavors, so much of what you all
talk about is wasted on me. Likely due to my love of all things hot and
I was wondering, in the sub $500 category, what is a good roaster? I
have seen the bread machine/HG, and the other home growns, but I don't
know that I want to Frankenstien anything. What brands are good? Who has
a used one? 
I don't think I need more than 1/2 a pound capacity.

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
About the only 'off the shelf' roaster that fits your criteria of 1/2# =
sub $500 would be the Gene Café. Not saying it's good or bad, just =
fits the
A Frankensteined split wired dual variable boost voltage controlled P1 =
also do a 1/2#, and with very controllable profiles at that and for much
less than $500. But it does take the DIY approach.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I =
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal =
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone =
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3) From: Brett Mason
Go Gene Cafe - Eddie will keep you stright..
  Zassin all over paradise
On 4/2/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:

4) From:
Hi John:
I would suggest the Gene Cafe or with another we bucks you have the Hot Top.
Go over to homeroasters.org and read the Gene Cafe review by Eddie Dove.
I think it will really help in your decision.

5) From: Eddie Dove
The Gene Cafe skids in at $495 with a Double 8 Pack sampler (eight
different coffees, one pound each) from our hosts.  The analog Hottop
is just a tad higher at $560 with a different green bean arrangement;
not sub $500, but if you are going to spend that much, it is worth
consideration.  Many people have Hottops and love them.  The RK Drum
can also be in this price range and is well worth consideration; I
have one of them too.
I have been quite pleased with the Gene Cafe and the coffee produced.
Use of this roaster, coupled with the input from this list and other
resources (Homeroasters.org, etc), has taught me a lot about about
roasting; mainly that I am the roaster and the Gene Cafe is the tool I
use to execute my desired treatment of the precursors to exquisite
I have had my Gene Cafe for 7 months now and have roasted 220 pounds
of coffee (412 batches, I think).  As Ginny stated, I have a review
posted on Homeroasters.org.  It is incomplete and in draft form, but I
am still working on it.  I invite any comments or suggestions (from
anyone) including items you may wish to see covered in the review.  I
am going to be as objective as I can with the review and cover
negative points as well.
If you wish to sort of "try it before you buy it", I would be more
than glad to roast some of your favorite coffees in my Gene Cafe and
ship them to you so that you can see whether or not you would be
satisfied with its roasts.  Please don't hesitate to take me up on the
offer because I really don't mind doing so.
I hope this is helpful.
Docendo Discimus
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/2/07, John Butler  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/2/07, John Butler  wrote:

6) From: Robert Joslin
     If you live anywhere near central AR, e-mail me offlist.  I have a
HotTop that isn't used regularly.  I would be happy to have you drop by and
roast all you want if it would help you in the decision making process.
On 4/2/07, John Butler  wrote:

7) From: Eddie Dove
Pardon my manners ... welcome to the limelight!
On 4/2/07, John Butler  wrote:

8) From: Eddie Dove
That is a very kind and generous offer!  I will offer the same with
the Gene Cafe if John (or anyone interested) is in the area of the
Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
Docendo Discimus
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/3/07, Robert Joslin  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 4/3/07, Robert Joslin  wrote:

9) From: John Butler
Thanks all,
I guess I should have said, " I live in the Phoenix area, and would have
dropped by for the Pow Wow, but was in Las Vegas at the time." I am 37,
from Wisconsin originally and a Bears fan. I don't like long walks on
the beach, but I do like quads and motorcycle rides on the beach. :) 
Thanks for the link to the homeroasters.org site. That is a resource I
did not know about. I got started on this when I bought my Ms. Silvia,
and had a person in my Masters class tell me about homeroasting and
sweetmarias.com. Then it was grab some air poppers and go to it. 
Well, my girlfriend did not want to figure out/try to break Ms. Silvia,
so I got her a  	  Saeco Italia Fully Automatic Espresso and
Coffee Center   that she can just press the green button and go.
Ms. Silvia.  I know some don't like this sweet girl, but I do.
Capresso 565.03 Infinity Burr Grinder, Polished Chrome  (I am impressed
with the silence and consistency of the grind compared to my old
Kitchenaid grinder.
Still using the plastic tamp, which thanks to this list I will change.
Hot air popper (too small batch size)
I am very handy as I was a machinist for 2 years before college, but I
like things that don't look Frankenstein. But with all the comments on
BM/HT I just might have to go there. I don't want something where I am
waving a HG, as I have ADHD and would not tolerate standing there doing
As far as favorite coffees, well, anything that is not charred to beyond
recognition.  I do not have the palette to discern subtle flavors. I
just don't. 
Thanks also for the kind offers of roasts. I think I will look for the
next Pow Wow. I was impressed that I was already doing my French press
correctly. Course ground, 3-4 minutes, and enjoy.

10) From: Robert Joslin
Thanks Eddie, but I'm just trying to emulate the most gracious and polite
person on this list.......YOU!
On 4/3/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:

11) From: Kevin
I'll extend a similar offer if you're anywhere near Orange County, NY.  I
use the Gene Cafe as well.
My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

12) From: Eddie Dove
Thank you.
On 4/3/07, Robert Joslin  wrote:
Docendo Discimus
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13) From: Floyd Lozano
On 4/3/07, John Butler  wrote:
my wife only wanted to bother with the old steam driven DeLonghi coffee
maker / espresso (ha) maker we had - pack the portafilter, pop it in, push
the 'boil til it dies' button and walk away until every last bit of steam
had pushed its way through the poor little grounds.  Then I got the Gaggia
Evolution, cause I couldn't stand to see her drink that junk any more.  She
can pull a decent shot now - BETTER in fact than the Saeco Italia I got her
for her birthday to ease her effort.  She said 'this coffee sucks.  i can
pull a better shot'.  So back it went!
Capresso 565.03 Infinity Burr Grinder, Polished Chrome  (I am impressed
This was my first real grinder too, and I liked it.  I am finding the coffee
better with the Rocky but the espresso, sadly , isn't!  I think I need to
grind finer still and possibly replace the burrs, as I am seeing a lot of
fines flying about when I grind.  That's the danger of going refurb!

14) From: Robert Joslin
I added two and two and got six.  We have an ASU too.......ARKANSAS State
University.  If you are ever in the area, however, the offer still stands.
We could fire up the Diedrich and really make some smoke!  By the way I was
in Phoenix last summer and it seemed to me that the only thing you would
need to roast coffee would be a nice flat rock out in the sun!  ;-)  Happy
Roasting.  Josh
On 4/3/07, Floyd Lozano  wrote:

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